I don't know if this is the sort of thing that other writers think about, but it's been on my mind for quite a long time, so let's just get it out into the open, shall we?
I don't like writing about/from the perspective of people that aren't who I want to be. People who have accountability issues, people who are violent, people who are sadistic or otherwise don't feel negatively about inflicting pain on others. When I write from a character's perspective, I "get in character," or "get in their head" so I can see what they would do next and why. Spending time in their heads makes it frighteningly easy to act like them or talk like them without meaning to.
I'm not going to say I've ever stuck someone or insulted them without intending to, but there are times when I've felt the urge to do those things in a situation where it would be completely uncalled-for. I don't want to have those urges, so for a long time, I've resisted writing those characters for extended periods.
That reinforcement of negative traits that I don't want to have - it scares me.
On the other hand, I have to ask myself if the characters in my stories aren't... less colorful, more flat, and in general less interesting without that influence. Can I write a truly great piece of fiction without including those characters and understanding what they do and why?
I still don't know the answer to that question, but I have a feeling that once I do have an answer and understand it, I will be one step closer to writing a novel that people will remember 150 years from now - because it's good, not because everyone hates it. (I'm looking at you, Moby Dick.)
But what about you, Inklings? What characters do you avoid writing (or reading about) and what's you're motivation for avoiding them? I'd love to hear what you think about this kind of thing.
Until next time, stay awesome.